# How to Teach Children Symmetry

Written by kurt schwengel
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I consider symmetry to be one of the most important math concepts that Kindergartners learn. It seems an easy concept to teach, but many children have difficulty grasping the concept. I use pictures of butterflies and have the kids color them in symmetrically and asymmetrically--and in the process--they learn both terms. Here are some steps to teaching symmetry.

Skill level:
Easy

## Instructions

1. 1

Explain to the children that the concept of symmetry means "same on both sides." Show them examples of things that are and are not symmetrical.

2. 2

Give the students this butterfly to color in. I do not show them an example of a symmetrical butterfly; I want to see which students can grasp the concept without seeing an example.

3. 3

Give them the second butterfly sheet with two butterflies and ask them to color one of them symmetrically and the other asymmetrically.

4. 4

Give them one more sheet with four butterflies and ask them to color all of them symmetrically.

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